Online Tabla Lessons for Beginners - Level 1







by Sourabh Goho

20 Years Experience

Played for a famous band Alfareros in their album 70 Veces 7 which won the Latin Grammy award for best album in Latin Music.

US $27 per class |

for 1-on-1, 60 mins class

Pay as you go, 2 classes at a time

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Instruction Language

: English

Course Summary

This course for beginners teaches students the art of playing the tabla, an Indian percussion instrument, which is also an important accompaniment instrument in Hindustani classical style of music. This course has a discounted fee on the condition that the student will attend 8 sessions every month. This course will teach students the basics about the tabla such as the make and different parts of the tabla like the chati, syahi, maidan, gajara etc. It will introduce and familiarise students with the sitting posture, hand positioning, before delving into the basic strokes and bols or syllables (e.g Dha, Dhin, Na, Tirakita etc) of the tabla. Students enrolling, by the culmination of this course would have got familiarised to the different strokes played on the tabla and the subsequent sound that follows. They would have also enhanced their capabilities in terms of playing the bols in phrase or theka.

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Sourabh Goho

Experience: 20 Years

From: India

  • Teacher Skill Keywords

    Professional Music, Tabla
  • Education

    B.Com (Honours) from Calcutta University.

    MBA (Marketing) from Heritage Business School

  • Work Details

    Associate Director - Indradhanu

    Online Tabla Mentor - ipassio

  • 1,392 Online live sessions completed

    This particular teacher is already a hit among our students.
  • About the Course

    This long term course for beginners wishing to learn the Indian percussion instrument tabla, will be an extensive course in basics and elementary compositions. This course will familiarise the students with the different parts of the tabla such as chat, syahi, maidan, gajra etc. Further on students will be taught the posture when sitting in front of the tabla. Subsequently, they would be taught the hand positioning on the tabla. The training on playing the tabla will commence with the introduction of different bols or syllables. Students will be taught the exact hand positioning and the finger striking at different places on the face of the tabla to produce particular sounds referred to as bols or syllables. Further on in the course students will in the guidance of the teacher, go through extensive practice to master playing the syllables or bols on the two drums also known as the dahina (one that is placed on the right side of the tabla player and is used for treble) and bahina (one that sits on the left and is used for bass) that constitute the tabla set. The exercise will provide students the understanding on the finger movement and the different bols emanating from the different drums, in a tabla set. Students hereon will practice the different bols in phrases also known as theka, an arrangement of common bols played on the tabla. Students through the duration of this course will be taught finger and wrist exercises to erase the fatigue and strain caused due to playing the tabla.

    After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the next course by Sourabh Goho: Tabla Basics | Hindustani Classical | Level I

    About Sourabh Goho: Music is in his genes. Born to an acclaimed musician father, Harmonium Maestro Pandit Jyoti Goho, Sourabh entered the world of music at the tender age of five. A couple years later Sourabh was training with renowned Tabla Legend, Late Pandit Shankar Ghosh and also took talim from eminent percussionist and composer, Maestro Bickram Ghosh. Another couple years and the young tabla player was performing for his master’s orchestra at the age of nine. Sourabh’s undoubted talent kept evolving complimented by his perfecting skills, leading him to earn a National Scholarship Award from the Government of India in 2010. The scholarship, is not the only feather in his cap as he has accumulated awards and accolades aplenty. Sourabh as a young exponent of tabla, has been enchanting audiences, at home and abroad, with his skillful mastery of the tabla. Sourabh currently teaches Tabla in five continents and in 10 countries around the globe. He has successfully taught more than 50+ online students and 100+ students physically at his institute Indradhanu in Kolkata. He has recently been a participant in the coveted Latin Grammy award winning album "70 Veces 7" of a famous band from Latin America called Alfareros. In his late twenties, Sourabh has a bright distinct future in front of him with every possibility he gets his name etched in the history books as one among the illustrious tabla artists of his generation. 

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    Oral notation of tabla comprises onomatopoetic syllables called bols. It was Vishnu Digambar, Vishnu Narayan who created the notation system. These notations are preference based and not standardized.The systems have bols written down in a script such as Devanagari.

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